What’s Covered–And What’s NOT Covered–for Alabama’s Tax-Free Weekend? [VIDEOS]
Now’s your chance to save some serious cash: Alabama’s annual Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend! Ready to learn what’s covered for tax free weekend? Class is in session, because we’ve got a video guide for you!
Back-to-school shopping can put a big dent in any parent’s budget, but Alabama’s Sales Tax Holiday gives families a much-needed break. During tax free weekend, shoppers do NOT have to pay state or local taxes* on approved items; that means savings of up to 9%, and when you’re shelling out hundreds of bucks for clothes, backpacks, pens, and tons of other supplies, those savings really add up!
Last year, I went to Target with my favorite co-worker, Jade Nicole from 92.9 WTUG, to shoot these fun little videos for y’all. I had so much fun creating this video I just HAD to share it again! (Don't worry about the dates in the videos--Tax Free Weekend 2016 runs from August 5 to August 7.)
Jade and I went through the store and tried to highlight a few of the biggest items that are sold tax-free this weekend, so check out the video above to see what IS covered. I straight up caused a scene in Target. I'm surprised they didn't call security on me, as I was acting like a big idiot. LOL!
Here are the items we featured in our guide to what IS covered this weekend:
- Diapers (Yes: Diapers ARE covered, y’all!)
- Printers and Printer Ink
- Clothes (including hats and pj’s!)
- Art Supplies
- School Supplies (paper, notebooks, binders, pens, pencils–it’s all covered!)
Wondering what's NOT covered this weekend? Don't sweat it; I've got you... wait for my extremely bad pun... COVERED. Check out the second part of our video guide.
One major bummer for parents: sports, dance, and band equipment are still taxable this weekend; that means everything from cleats to tutus and flutes to footballs are still subject to state and local taxes. Another tough break: eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, goggles, and safety glasses are NOT exempt, which means you’ll be shelling out cash to cover the tax.
Here’s a list of the items we displayed in the video:
- glasses and contacts
- computer PARTS
- cell phones
- sports equipment
- dance shoes
- band instruments
- hair accessories
- sewing tools and materials
- books (more than $30 each)
Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend began at 12:01 this morning and continues until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2016. For more info, check out the Alabama Department of Revenue's 2016 Sales Tax Holiday Guide by clicking HERE.